January 6, 2017

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I am incredibly excited to begin my third year as the County Council Member for District 3. This year promises to be a busy one for District 3 as many long-term projects come to fruition and new ones move forward.

Along Baltimore Avenue, The Hotel at the University of Maryland will open this summer along with The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, a new seafood restaurant by Mike Franklin, and Kapnos Taverna by Mike Isabella. In downtown College Park, two new venues with performance space will open, including MilkBoy ArtHouse. Two  projects at the College Park metro station to go through development review in 2017, as well as new flex/office space in Riverdale Park, scheduled to break ground in 2018. 

The Whole Foods along with other amenities such as Burton's Grill, District Taco, Hyatt House, a gym, and more at Riverdale Park Station will open in mid 2017.   The bridge from Riverdale Station to M Square is under construction to open in late 2017. Townhouses are being marketed by Stanley Martin

Long-term vision for development at the New Carrollton Metro station
At the New Carrollton Metro, the first stages of development, a mixed-use housing project, are under review. 
 2U will move to the north side of the Metro and add more than 900 jobs over the next few years. 

This surge of economic investment in established communities is critical to grow the tax base, create more jobs, provide amenities, and deliver transit oriented development.

As we see economic development come to our District and the entire County, ensuring that our unemployed and underemployed residents are ready for and knowledgeable about the job opportunities available is a priority. Last summer, I initiated a workforce development conversation by pulling together leaders from the private and public sectors to discuss the workforce needs and opportunities across District 3. The group met again in November and will continue to meet on a regular basis. I'm especially pleased that employers such as Purple Line Transit Partners and Southern Management Corporation, builder of The Hotel at the University of Maryland, are actively engaged.

During Legislative Years 2015 and 2016, I worked on dozens of pieces of legislation. Much of it focused on supporting sustainable practices, encouraging entrepreneurship, streamlining regulations, and spurring economic redevelopment and revitalization. You can find all the legislation I sponsored by visiting the LZIS site. Click on "advanced search" and select my name from the drop down menu. Additionally, as chair of the Rules & General Assembly Committee last year we completed the first major review and update of the County Council and District Council rules in more than two decades. One major change is that all Council committee hearings will be recorded and posted on the Council website pgccouncil.us

I am h umbled that my colleagues elected me Vice Chair of the Council for a second consecutive term. It is an honor to serve in leadership with Chair Derrick L. Davis (District 6) who was also reelected. This year I look forward to my new role as Chair of the Council's Public Safety & Fiscal Management Committee and continuing to serve on the Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee. I am working on several pieces of legislation for 2017, much of it focused on quality of life issues experience by our residents.

It is incredibly important for Prince George's County officials to engage in regional organizations and discussions as well. This year I will serve as the Maryland Co-Chair for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government's Region Forward Coalition. Region Forward focuses on creating a more prosperous, accessible, livable, and sustainable metropolitan Washington. I also serve as the Council's representative on the  National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, and plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning. In this role I will continue to advocate for the Purple Line, WMATA, enhanced bike connections, and other critical transportation needs.

I am pleased to report that my work will continue on the Prince George's Promise Scholarship Task Force and the PGCPS Workforce Diversity Task Force. The Prince George's Promise Scholarship Task Force was created via a bill passed by Del. Alonzo Washington to study the possibility of free tuition at Prince George's Community College for certain County residents. The PGCPS Workforce Diversity Task Force was created to develop a systematic plan to attract, develop, and retain a high quality workforce that represents the cultural diversity of students and the community. 

As always, never hesitate to reach out to me at 301-952-3060 or  CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us . You can reach my staff via the same phone number or their email address on the right.
Together Strengthening our Community,
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Free Children's Programs!

I am thrilled to partner with the Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center on a series of five Early Keeper programs throughout District 3. These a  90-minute bilingual programs are perfect for children ages 3-7. 

Please plan to attend one or both of the last two programs.  Adult must stay with the child for the program but no registration is necessary! 

Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lincoln Vista Community Building, 9800 Ridge Street, Lanham, MD

Saturday, January 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Seabrook Rec. Bldg.
9443 Worrell Avenue, Seabrook, MD

Winter Weather

View the snow & ice quick guide  here and more detailed information here.

Contact Us!


Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email Thomas Mayah at the District 3 Council Office at tsmayah@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.